Less than one quarter of the corn in the top 18 producing states is left to be planted according to the latest USDA Crop Progress report released May 23. Seventy-nine percent of the corn has been planted, compared with the five-year average of 87 percent. This is an increase of 16 percent from last week’s report.

More than half of the states were above the national average. Five states – Iowa (98 percent), Kansas (93 percent), Nebraska (94 percent), North Carolina (99 percent) and Texas (97 percent) – were above last year’s national average of 92 percent. Kansas, Missouri (88 percent) and Texas improved at least one percentage point from their state’s 2010 pace.

Ohio reported just 11 percent of their corn planted, which is 81 percentage points behind last year’s national pace and 76  percentage points below the five-year average.

Nationally 45 percent of the corn has emerged, which is 24 percentage points higher than last week but 14 percentage points below the five-year average.  All states have now reported emerged corn.

Iowa (74 percent), North Carolina (96 percent) and Texas (84 percent) reported the highest percentages of emerged corn. Iowa and Missouri (69 percent) reported emerged corn seven- and six-percentage points higher than their state’s five-year average.

Kansas (62 percent) was the only state to report a higher percentage of emerged corn than its 2010 pace.

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Source: Crop Progress report